“This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh. She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from man. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to is wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:23b-24 (NLT)
Having attended the wedding of our grandson and his wife, we have been thinking about how marriage has been in the heart and plan of God from the beginning of creation. Let us picture in our minds this perfect scene. God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and then breathed into him the breath of life. Imagine! The breath Adam was given was the life of God – this continues down to each of us. Then God saw man needed a helper just right for him. So, he put Adam to sleep and performed the first operation – took out one of Adam’s ribs, closed up the opening, and made a woman. Then we can add a little humor to this scene. God must have performed this operation without Adam being awake. This way Eve was entirely God’s perfect woman – man had nothing to add to it. Genesis 2:22 tells us about God, “and he brought her to the man.” Picture this – God with great joy, possibly held the hand of this beautiful woman and led her to this awakened, awestruck man.
It is a tradition in weddings today, for the father of the bride to bring her to her waiting husband. This is a picture of God and Eve and Adam. I can only imagine the excitement God felt as He saw this first couple and saw the start of His plan and purpose for a man and woman, made in the image of God, and now joined as one in love. It is the perfect example for marriage today – God and man and woman as one. God saw the future when the earth would be populated by their descendants.
Marriage of one man and one woman, in a lifetime commitment with God in their lives, is still God’s plan and purpose today. Marriage is the oldest relationship between two humans in the world. Oh, if sin had not entered, because of disobedience, think what a beautiful world we would have today!
Marriage is God’s idea – it still works today!